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Find out more about Heri Dono and Wayang Kulit
Zaman Edan, 2016. Mixed Media
STPI presents Zaman Edan (The Age of Craziness) featuring 40 artworks by Heri Dono. Well-known for his vivid installations and strong visuals depicting hybrid and multifaceted mythical creatures which he adopts, adapts, and revitalize Wayang kulit (the traditional Javanese puppetry), Dono addresses the socio-political issues and human behaviors in dark humors and satires though his works.
Madness is a theme he had chosen for this exhibition where he developed never seen before techniques and materials. For the Indonesian artist, print used to be a very conventional process until recently he experimented it at STPI using paper pulps and fabrics in creating prints and sculptures.
The masterpiece for the show is Ronggowarsito Perspective, a head-shaped sculpture housed in a Perspex box filled with some phrases like turut edan (becoming mad), menjaga kesadaran (preserving consciousness),hati orang (a person's heart), turut menjadi gila (becoming crazy too), and zaman edan (the age of madness). The artwork portrays Ronggowarsito who was a 19th century famous Javanese poet of a royal ancestry, and whose prophecies are still widely regarded by the Javanese society.
Through these artworks, the artist also wished to address his thoughts about the artist's role, the art market, and the art's role in society. There are no right or wrong, good or evil, in reflecting the human complexities which the artist projects it through humor like the way Wayang Kulit does.
Heri Dono. Photo Credit: STPI
Dono is arguably one of the hottest contemporary Indonesian artists with his distinctive style embracing his Javanese roots. He is the first to break in the global art scene in late 1980s.
Don't miss the chance of meeting this inspiring artist! He will lead the tour on 21 May at 2:30PM. Family Day will be held on 28 May at 2PM to 5PM.
Regular exhibition tours will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30AM, and Satudays at 2:30PM.